Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In the Field of Grace- Tessa Afshar

My Rating: 4 Stars

Description: Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi's home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left--a strong back and a willing heart--to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.

Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi. Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi. But his heart knows better.

My Thoughts:  I have waited for the story of Boaz to come out ever since I read about his mother in A Pearl in the Sand. It was exciting to see his story as well, and then at the end to have it connected with his great-grandson, David.

Afshar brought the story of Ruth to life by showing their actions through the filter of their past. She showed us their lives before they met and how it shaped the way they interacted. While never shown in the Bible, I think that Afshar's portrayal gives a good idea of how Ruth and Boaz's lives could have been, beyond what we know.

My one complaint is that the two main characters did not seem to struggle with belief as much as those of A Pearl in the Sand, so I was not able to connect with them as well has I had Rahab and Salmone. Still, the romance is sweet and the story insightful into the lives of two Biblical figures.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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